Williams targets half-century
Published 25/02/2010 | 14:09
Shane Williams can expect rapturous applause if he hits a half-century for Wales against France on Friday night.
The Ospreys wing is one try away from reaching 50 in Wales colours after his dramatic injury-time touchdown left Scotland reeling, and if he increases his international try tally, then Williams will also overtake Gareth Edwards' Wales-best 18 tries in Five or Six Nations rugby.
"It would be a massive honour to beat that because Gareth Edwards is a true legend in Welsh and world rugby," said Williams. "To reach 50 tries would also be fantastic, but it is more important to try to get involved as much as possible and work hard - that's what gets you the tries."
He added: "I had the ball 33 times against Scotland, so it is heading in the right direction. Hopefully, against France, it will get up to higher levels again.
"That is the kind of figure you want to hit. You don't want to stay out on the wing and get only five or six touches.
"Before the Scotland game I trained very hard and I felt I was getting back to my best.
"I was hungry to get involved in the game, which hopefully will be the case on Friday because that is where I want to be.
"It's a massive game for us and we've got to win it.
"We've got to expect a very good French side. They are playing with a lot of confidence, and their win against Ireland won't help our cause.
"We are going to have to rip into them."